It was a chance for me not to feel limited by what people knew of me.
I could become whatever I wanted to become." He was involved in various campus organizations and pledged to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, eventually becoming its president.
It's interesting that both men were able to cross comfortably between life in a major city and life on the frontier, as Bernstein does today.
Bernstein saw Cornell as a place where he could "stretch and grow.
He was also obsessed with Clint Eastwood and his recurring on-screen personae, such as the Man With No Name, a gunslinger with a say-less-do-more attitude."There's something supernaturally balanced about the physical and the ethereal," he says of smoking a cigar."You're crossing both worlds." The quest for knowledge has been a continuing pursuit for the 36-year-old Bernstein."Tobacco is a tremendous ally," says Bernstein, who is now the host and executive producer of a series tentatively titled "Josh Bernstein's Expeditions," which debuts in February on the Discovery Channel."And for someone who appreciates traditional cultures and who has always associated tobacco with Native Americans and with the higher spirits they are connected to, smoke, tobacco and the power of sending your prayers up on the wind is not something that is lost on me." He has smoked tobacco with a Bolivian shaman who was teaching him about Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth, on the edge of the Andean Lake Titicaca and puffed on peace pipes with Native American Indians in the West.